Today’s digging into the archives brought up a picture of this rare butterfly, a White-Letter Hairstreak, I was lucky enough to see last year.
I love the way the sticky-out bits on the edge of the lower wings make it look like it’s kicking its back legs in the air!
Difficult to spot as it flies around the tops of trees, particularly Elms. It occasionally comes down to ground level to nectar on flowers, especially privet and bramble.
The species declined in the 1970s when its foodplants were reduced by Dutch Elm disease but it is recovering in a few areas in England and Wales (Butterfly Conservation)
I hope I can see another one this summer.